After my recent How To Start a Hockey Card Collection blog post received a lot of great feedback, I wanted to dive a little deeper and branch these Hobby How To posts into a series of blog posts for young and/or experienced collectors alike in order to help navigate the landscape that is collecting cards as a hobby.
Let's dive into Part Two: How To Start A Player Collection
I'm going to highlight a few points below that I've learned over my years collecting on how to start a Player Collection. These are a collection of tips (pun totally intended) that I wish I'd been told when I was first starting out in this hobby over 15 years ago and continue to learn from today.
My Upper Deck Win Club set just got a nice boost today with the addition of the 2001-02 Upper Deck Challenge For The Cup A Piece Of History: 500 Win Club card of Patrick Roy
These Roy Win Club cards were the first cards in the A Piece of History set to feature a goalie and it was released in the Challenge For The Cup product. At the time, Upper Deck decided to add a goalie into the mix with Roy's historic 500th career win milestone that was broken at the time. UD didn't start adding more goalies into this A Piece Of History set until 2012-13 with the 300 Win Club set that we're familiar with today. While this card was a one-and-done occurrence, this card has aged very well and still continues to be very desirable with collectors even with the "high" print run #/300. While I didn't originally plan on adding this card to my collection, I recently decided to go after the entire set of Win Club cards, so I'm glad I finally pulled the trigger on one of these beauties.
I kind of wish UD would update this subset and throw Brodeur into the 500 Win Club set, or at least create a Brodeur "600 Win Club" card on his own like they did with Roy's 500 win accomplishment at the time. I'm not sure if it's worth the cost for one single card, but it would be an awesome chase card if they ever decide to do it.
.....The hunt continues.....
- Aaron / creasecollector
As someone who really enjoys hearing stories about how card collections came to be, I thought Josh's story on what inspired his Nathan Horton card collection was extra special. To have that close connection to a player in your small town make it to the NHL is a story that always ages well.
As far as the collections go, Josh has one of the best out there and one that I've personally enjoyed following along with for years. Enjoy the 9th edition of Collectors Corner!
Finally..... card number 500 added at last.
For those who aren't aware, this recent mail day marks my 500th card in total for my Jhonas Enroth hockey card collection. After starting this collection back in 2010/2011 when Enroth was first making his mark with the Buffalo Sabres, it's amazing how much progress I've made on this little (or not-so-little) collection of mine.
This Game-Used Glove card was included in the new boxed product from President's Choice Trading Cards (Which was founded by the original In The Game creator Dr. Price), called Solitaire. This product is a collection of 1/1 cards from various athletes across many sports. The cards themselves are stunning in design, while containing some incredible pieces of game-worn materials.
After being outbid on the Game-Used Glove Red parallel 1/1, I spotted this Silver Parallel 1/1 on eBay last month and quickly pulled the trigger so I could add this beautiful card to my collection. Besides the awesome CCM Premier glove piece, I really enjoy the artwork used in this product, especially on the goalie cards I've seen from the product so far. The bold and sleek appearance really drives home the card manufacturing quality on these Solitaire cards, all while keeping that high-end look that this brand is known for. Not a bad way to hit a collection milestone I'd say!
Have you picked up any cards from Solitaire yet? Let me know in the comments below.
- Aaron / Creasecollector
Big news for Swedish hockey fans earlier today as Jhonas Enroth signed a 3-year contract with Orebro HK in the SHL.
This signing had been widely rumoured since Enroth left the KHL this past season and comes as no surprise to me. I've expected him to make the move to Orebro once again and I feel like it's a really great move for him.
Enroth is no stranger to Orebro, as he played 12 games for them at the tail end of the 2018-19 season in a big push to help them make the playoffs that year before re-signing with Dinamo Minsk. It will be great to see what Enroth can do with this team during the 2020-21 season and beyond!
But what does this signing mean for my card collection?
Another 300 Win Club card bites the dust!
Today I acquired the Billy Smith card for my ongoing set collection. Aside from absolutely murdering the legs/ankles/bodies of apposing players with his stick and being the first NHL goalie ever credited with a goal, Billy "The Bat" Smith managed to rack up an impressive 305 wins in his career, making this a very fitting game-used stick card added to my set today.
I just can't help but wonder who was on the other end of that stick that is represented on this card? Who knows, but it makes for one great storytelling piece.
- Aaron / creasecollector
After some Quarantine thinking, I decided it was time to pursue the new SP Game-Used 40 Wins Club cards as a part of my ongoing A Piece of History: Wins Club memorabilia card collection.
The Brodeur was the first addition to my "new" set collection venture and you can't ask for a much better start to this project. These cards are actually serial numbered #/99 which makes it a tougher card to find compared to some of the other cards in this set over the years, not to mention the waves of set collectors that are also chasing these cards. Luckily, I have another card for this Win Club subset incoming, so I'm hoping it arrives somewhat quickly with everything going on.
If you happen to come across anymore of these Win Club cards (300 Win or 40 Win memorabilia cards), please let me know. Thanks!
- Aaron / creasecollector
Super Collecting is a term that get's thrown around a bunch, but when you see one, you just know.
Collecting one player is often enough for most, but what do you do when you have more than one favourite player? Well, in Derrick's case, you super collect them both, of course.
Allow me to introduce Derrick and his two super collections of Lee Stempniak & Cal Clutterbuck:
Author - Aaron
I've been collecting Hockey cards since the late 90's. Mainly the goalies since 2005. I also Co-Host a Hockey Card Podcast.
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